A “large-scale” riot broke out at the California Men’s Colony prison near San Luis Obispo on Sunday, leaving one inmate dead.
Corrections officials say the melee involving more than 160 inmates broke out around midday Sunday in the yard at California Men’s Colony near San Luis Obispo. She said the incident was the biggest riot, and the first fatal incident for her 22 years worked at the facility.
160 inmates were involved in the riot with many receiving stab wounds.
According to the department, Cook had been incarcerated since April 2015, and was serving a 13-year, 8-month sentence for “several counts” of first-degree burglary.
Nine inmates who suffered stab wounds in the riots were transported to a hospital for medical treatment, and one person died on the spot.
At least three of the wounded inmates required trauma-level care, said Ron Yukelson, a spokesman for Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, where the prisoners were taken.
Lt. Monica Ayon, a spokeswoman for CMC, confirmed that a riot broke out at the prison.
Officials say they don’t know what sparked the violence.
The condition of the eight others was not immediately known, but Lieutenant Ayon said two of the injured were expected to be discharged and returned to the prison last night.
Visitors were evacuated and visitation was canceled for the remainder of the day while prison staff cleared the area and investigated the circumstances that led to the riot.
As of 12:35 p.m., Ayon said officials were still in an active situation and were in the process of identifying inmates and clearing the prison yard.